Trans-Pacific cable breakthrough lifts capacity by 600 Gbps

Design capacity of at least 3 Tbps

Pacific Crossing Limited, the operator of a carrier-neutral trans-Pacific cable system - PC-1 has been working with Fujitsu to become the first company to operate a Terabit of lit capacity across the vast Pacific Ocean.

The company announced today the completion of a systems-wide upgrade, which brings online an additional 600Gbps of Trans-Pacific capacity to its system, bringing its total trans-Pacific lit capacity to just over the 1Tbps threshold.

The new core network upgrade, powered by Fujitsu's Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE) represents a re-engineering of PC-1's transmission and traffic management layers, extending PCL's maximum capacity by more than three-fold while facilitating the future deployment of advanced network interfaces and service options.

The six month contract was completed without any disruption to existing network traffic, according to Mark Simpson, the CEO of Pacific Crossing.

"The completion of our network upgrade not only represents a new platform for our services, but also signifies the completion of PCL's reengineering as a company," he said.

"It clearly shows our ability to execute and that we're back in business after our financial and corporate restructuring, and ready to deliver services to our customers."

The new Fujitsu equipment replaces the previous PC-1 system, which had a design capacity cap of 640Gbps, with a new platform that boosts the design capacity to at least 3Tbps.

The new core platform also supports advanced networking features such as Ethernet and beyond networking interfaces as well as advanced wavelength-level access.

Capacity on PC-1 is available to customers in bandwidth increments ranging from STM-1 to 10G waves with flexible fully-protected and unprotected subscription options.

Fujitsu submarine networks VP, Dr Terumi Chikama, said the company's SLTE enables PCL to support dramatically higher bandwidth requirements while maintaining its industry leading performance across the Pacific.

"The growing popularity of high-bandwidth Internet applications such as video and other forms of multimedia, interactive services, are driving bandwidth consumption on a global scale, and in particular, across the Pacific due to the growing economic importance of Asia," Simpson said.

As part of the core network upgrade, Pacific Crossing has also put in place extensive dark backhaul between its cable landing stations in Western Australia and California. Together with its existing backhaul facilities in Japan, PCL now offers city-to-city connectivity across the Pacific.

The PC-1 Trans-Pacific System is 21,000 km in length and boasts DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) with lit capacity of 1.78Tbps.

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